Is Porn Addictive?

Is Porn Addictive?


Question. Can porn be addictive? I mean look obviously, here in the
sex positive communi-tay porn isn’t seen as a thing that’s morally wrong. It’s not going to kill you or let Satan corrupt your soul or something although that would explain a lot. At the same time, I have talked to several of you who feel that porn has harmed your relationships. There are entire huge online communities of people who claim that porn has given them erectile disfunction. Celebrities have talked about struggling with what they call porn addiction. “Terry Crews detailing on his Facebook page, his addiction to pornography.” So I wanna do a little exploring of this question. Can porn actually be addictive? Or is there something else going on here? Laci Green investigates. In the “porn can be addictive” camp, you’re absolutely gonna find people who are really anti-porn just really anti-sex in general, you know, the “abstinence-only” crowd? *laughs* them But, you’re also going to find some people who claim that porn has desensitized them to real-life sexual experiences, and that cutting porn out, aka “rebooting” has helped to solve some of their sexual woes. Gabe Deem: “I found Playboy magazines when I was eight” “and I continued my Internet porn use all through high school, and into college” “and it took several years for me to hit the wall and hit rock-bottom with porn induced ED.” “That didn’t happen until I started using tube sites, that mimic YouTube” “I would have multiple tabs open at the same time, watching compilation videos” “where the scene would change every second – bam bam bam.” Alexander Rhodes: “I was definitely addicted to porn.” “I used it for the first time when, you know, it’s kinda hard to pinpoint the exact age” “but I think I was around 11, and I was on a video game website.” “It was just a pop-up ad, and it featured simulated rape pornography.” “I didn’t really know what was going on, but I did know that I liked the image of the girl on the screen” “and I wanted to see more of it.” “Whenever I was 19 by that point, porn just completely distorted my sexuality to the point where” “I couldn’t maintain an erection without fantasizing about porn in my head.” “And really I was depersonalizing and objecting the person in front of me to achieve an orgasm,” “rather than having a mutually beneficial, two-sided experience” So the basic crux of the porn addiction argument is that the novelty and the abundance of internet porn is hyper-stimulating compared to real life experiences. The though goes that over an extended period of time, this hyper-stimulation can increase your tolerance, by conditioning your body to respond to a limited amount of sexual stimuli. And some experts argue that heavy porn use can rewire the arousal circuitry in your brain. Lets talk to my buddy, Dr. Andrew Smiler “Porn-induced erectile dysfunction describes guys who have difficulty getting it up in real life with a partner. In particular, its porn induced because it is a result of masturbating very frequently, very regularly, to porn they are seeing online. So were seeing a lot more in this generation. If the beginning of their sexual experience really starts with masturbating to what a relatively high intensity image is, that kinda sets the framework for their body in a way that my generation jerkin’ off to playboy and penthouse didn’t really have. But is what Dr. Smiler is talking about the same thing as addiction? “It depends a lot on how you define addiction. My training with the word addiction… “There’s a clear need to use that is biologically driven and people can’t get through the day without their substance. “Porn doesn’t do that to people. Porn doesn’t change the physiology throughout the body. “It certainly changes neural circuitry, or masturbating to porn on a regular bases changes the neural circuitry, but it doesn’t change, as far as we can tell, it doesn’t change cell physiology the way that alcohol, cocaine or heroin do.” So porn probably isn’t “like a drug” like some moralist anti-porn groups claim. And in fact, thinking about porn as a drug, doesn’t do us any favours. For the aforementioned reasons, but also because if there are other underlying sexual problems, those can be obscured and misattributed. Also, it can be used to frame normal, healthy sexual behavior as something that is deviant and wrong and needs fixing which is very much a trend throughout history and sexuality, Which begs the question… is the root of the problem… watching porn? Couldn’t it be the case that people who have relationship problems, who have emotional difficulties, are drawn to porn as an outlet? “I see a lot of folks who get in trouble for pornography, whether it is in the relationship or at work. It is almost always a symptom of something else. The thing is that, men especially, don’t have a lot of freedom in our society to talk about those negative emotions, and when we find something that works for dealing with those emotions, we use it too much. That’s what happens with pornography. So here’s my two cents.There’s truth in all these statements! Most people can use porn in a healthy way its just not a big problem, its not a big deal. But there are some people, who maybe have some personality traits or other disposition to having some porn related side-effects. And sometimes the best language that people have to describe this experience they are having is “addiction” even if that isn’t the most medically accurate word. And the root cause of these side-effects is gonna vary based on the person. Don’t you love sexuality studies?! Never any straightforward answers. Here’s some takeaways. While there may be other ethical issues in porn which I’m gonna explore in a separate video, I think it warrants its own discussion, if you do watch porn, just like everything else in life, it’s best to consume in moderation. Now researchers don’t agree on what quantity is “moderate” but pretty much everyone that I have talked to, says if you’re watching porn multiple times a day, that’s in unhealthy territory, but a better, more accurate gauge would be if it is affecting you’re life negatively in some way. Porn probably shouldn’t be used every single time you masturbate, you wanna shake it up, just use your fantasies sometimes. You should be able to masturbate without porn. And lastly, porn really shouldn’t be used to replace sex-ed. And yet, porn IS sex-ed for so many kids because we don’t give them anywhere else to turn. Of course, that’s not porn’s fault, that is society’s fault. If we had better sex-ed, we could better address some of these issues head on, and avoid some of these problems. Okay babes, those are my thoughts, I wanna know your thoughts. This is a really complex, interesting topic. Thank you to my guests, who were amazing resources. Love you all so much, *singing* and I will see you next time *kisses* *outro music*

98 comments

  1. i watch porn every night…..porn is a fantasy….you feel like you are fucking these beautiful women with beautiful bodies when you can't do in real life

  2. A lot of people on here are judging your looks, but I think you look great. Also you have to take into consideration that most of them are porn addicts who are obsessed with body image and judge every woman they see and expect them to look like the porn stars they see online

  3. As always nailed it in the face! As a person that overstimulated himself for a while I can confirm that it is not an addiction, it is just letting yourself go too far.
    If you get to the point that only floor tiles do it for you, you may have an issue.

  4. I have had mixed feelings about porn since my teenaged years; especially since "Johnny Wadd" videos were played on the VCR while my stepfather would force me to walk tippy toes on all fours as he gripped my testicles in a vice grip. These videos were part of his hands-on approach to sex Ed. And he would also critique my masturbatory technique while referring to my genitals as "pussy". But as a thirty-something, I watch porn online and on DVDs on occasion. All the while, I'm imagining what it's like for the women performing in those clips. I also imagine myself as one of them.

  5. Once when I wake up, I come home for "lunch", and then before bed. Lost jobs, and ate no meals for it. It's a more efficient gf from your compooter! As a teen often spent entire days doing that, skipped school for it…..imagine that pic of Randy Marsh, you know the one.

  6. DO YOUR RESEARCH PROPERLY IF YOU HAVE AN AUDIENCE OF 1MILLION PEOPLE. SOOOOOO MUCH MISINFORMATION, EVEN A DOCTOR THAT DOESN'T READ RECENT STUDIES….

  7. i would think people that need porn are people that can't get into a sexual relationship because their fetish isn't allowed by society anymore

  8. I agree with your last statement! Society has made porn more accessible than quality sexuality and sex education. I come from NZ and since pornography had just come up as a recent issue, our health education curriculum suggests (teachers do not have to) learning about and discussing what pornography is and use harm minimisation strategies to educate them and try to avoid some of these issues that arise from pornography – 'addiction' and skewed views on what sex or a sexual relationship should be or look like. Pornography often depicts submissive women so creating dialogue around this at a high school age may contribute to more young people realising that pornography is not real life.

  9. thank you. i am living among a field of hive mind imperialists that are obsessed with banging on the walls of my dwelling with the hopes of inducing an action or behavior that would compromise my security and position in the grand scheme of life. Instead of putting myself in jeopardy, i turn on your channel to fix the problem. ive abstained from draining my vital energy tank almost indefinitely and instead run/dance 5 miles almost everyday fueled with donut consumption. i appreciate your compassion

  10. May someone explain? How the HELL could Laci be considered fat? Like…. I am loosing faith in humanity now…..

  11. When people tell me it's okay to view porn in moderation I tell them…

    So cheating on one's partner in moderation is okay?
    So viewing girls and women getting raped on film in moderation is okay?
    So sexually objectifying human bodies in moderation is okay?
    So raising the demand for more female bodies to be commodified in moderation is okay?
    So children including teenage kids viewing this sh*t in moderation is okay?
    So being addicted to a vice "in moderation" is okay?
    So viewing themes in porn such as incest, pedophilia, bestiality, rape, and abuse of women in moderation is okay?
    So damaging your brain and morals in moderation is okay?
    So being a sh*tty human being in moderation is okay?

    Not all things in moderation.
    Abstinence is the best strategy to prevent any disasters from happening as it reduces the risks down to 0%.

    And yes, porn is addictive for many. There are neuroscientific and countless of empirical evidence including my own for this.

  12. I don't think so. But I defiantly clicked to see your cleavage and or boobies..which ever comes first…well I suppose it addictive. I don't know. Can you flash us so that I can better make up my mind??

  13. Porn is bad? Masturbation is bad? Sexual thinking is bad? Yes! Given certain situations it most definitely is. I'm in that situation, and I want it to end, treatments to eliminate libido, or must end my life.

  14. Hey, some very good distinctions here, kudos for the vid. How about ending this type of addiction TODAY, and start using that amazing flow energy to accomplish anything you put your mind up to? If that's what you want, you might want to read more about how to do it in Zeke Vikalen's website. It takes just a few minutes and you'll be ready to go before you know it.

  15. Nobody nearby wants to have sex with me, so I just rely on porn or sexual fantasies… Sometimes roleplaying with people on the Internet that lives far away, most in other far away countries…

  16. Look…
    If you somehow have found a way to watch porn in “moderation” that’s great.

    The truth is porn messes with your dopamine rewards system though. I used to think I watched porn in moderation. Sometimes only a few times a week. Sometimes everyday but it wasn’t in the unhealthy territory she was talking about. Every time though I would always feel guilty for some reason afterwards..

    But no more.
    I now do no fap, and it’s one of the best decisions I have ever done for my life. It has freed up more time and now I do things I enjoy(like exercise) without any guilt at all.

    I’m not going to tell you what to do. If you enjoy porn and don’t want to give it up fine.

    I will suggest trying out no fap though.

    It really has changed my life, but you must stay motivated to do other things.

  17. For all the guys struggling with porn and looking for answers: don't believe this chick. The truth is: porn IS highly addictive, it TOTALLY corrupts your soul (whether or not you are religious) and it CAN kill you, both physically and personally. Porn is totally like a drug. If you wouldn't use cocaine, don't use porn either. Stop wanking your life away. Rebuttal here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLgltY9bIKE

  18. Dopamine is addictive, therefore being happy is addictive.
    Women don't/refuse to make me happy so porn is all I have.
    Normal porn is actually depressing, it's a stronger reminder of what
    could be happening in reality so I love me some furry porn, hurts less that way.
    I masturbate once a day, sometimes 2-3 times if I have nothing to do that day.

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